The Serpent's Tale (A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel) (Paperback)

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This is Franklin's second book featuring the learned doctor from Salerno, Adelia Aguilar (Mistress of the Art of Death
was her first). Set in the second half of the 12th century we find
that Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of Henry II, has died an agonizing
death by poison, and the King's estranged queen Eleanor of Aquitaine is
the prime suspect. In order to prevent civil war, Adelia is summoned by
the King to determine the truth. Historical novel this may be, but it
is also a gripping crime thriller with unforgettable personalities.

— Julie

Description


The follow-up to Mistress of the Art of Death- in the national bestselling series hailed as "the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives."

When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking- and omens of greater danger to come.

About the Author


Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A bestselling author and former journalist, she lives in England with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman.

Praise For…


"A deliciously dark and effective concoction of historical fiction, suspense, romance, adventure and forensics."
-Miami Herald

"An irresistible novel."
-New York Daily News

"A brilliant tapestry of medieval life and death."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Imaginative."
-Chicago Sun-Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425225745
ISBN-10: 0425225747
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2009
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel
 

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